Q: I’ve tried at-home treatments and products, but nothing seems to keep my blackheads under control. Is there a stronger, long-term skincare solution?

A: You can try retinoids, a vitamin A derivative that Dr. Jennifer MacGregor of Union Square Laser Dermatology calls "the absolute best way to clear clogged pores and prevent blackheads from forming." Either opt for prescription-strength formulas, which are the most effective, or try an over-the-counter retinol product like SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0. Dr. MacGregor explains to the Huffington Post that retinoids “work on receptors in the skin to improve the way skin grows and sheds so that it is less likely to form acne.” You might experience some peeling at first, but with regular use - Dr. MacGregory suggests three to seven times a week for four to six weeks - you’ll see clear, radiant results.

Q: Is it true that sweat can improve blackheads?

A: According to Everyday Roots, sweating can help minimize blackheads – but only if you cleanse your skin immediately before and afterward, so that no makeup or dirt is absorbing into your pores. Wash your face, then work up a sweat through exercise, a steam or sauna room. Follow with another cleanse and pat your skin dry, then finish with moisturizer.

Q: I’ve heard that steaming my face can help get rid of blackheads, but I don’t have the money to get regular facials. Is there a way to steam at home?

A: You can create a facial steam at home in just a few simple steps. The blog Crunchy Betty advises boiling three cups of distilled or purified water, along with a few tablespoons of herbs such as rosemary and/or lavender. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, take the pot off the burner and let the water cool for 30 seconds. Drape a towel over your head and rest with your face over the steam for about 5-10 minutes. You can also use a readymade solution like Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Steam Bath, formulated to decongest skin. Crunchy Betty recommends doing a facial steam once every two weeks to help open and clear out pores.

Q. Lately, I’ve been noticing that my skin seems sticky long after I apply my products. How can I pick a moisturizer that’ll be a good fit for my complexion?

A. If you’re looking to find a moisturizer that’s perfect for your complexion, before you buy it, make sure it passes the absorption test. "Touch your skin five minutes after you apply moisturizer," says Rouleau. "If you can still feel it, it's too rich for you."

Q: Is there anything convenient that will freshen my breath after dinner?

A: Sugar-free and sweetened with Xylitol - a natural cavity fighter -- Supersmile Whitening Gum gives breath instant refreshment and helps remove stains caused by wine and coffee.


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Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Clay Mask Finely ground clay is blended with extracts of Nasturtium and Witch Hazel to form this deep, purifying mask. This mask helps to draw out impurities and skin secretions while making blemishes and blackheads visibly reduced."
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner is an effective blackhead and oil extractor. It is formulated with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, silicone dioxide and eijitsu rose for maximum performance. Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner helps loosen blackheads by absorbing dirt and excess oil from pores. It refines skin's smoothness and texture."
Supersmile Crystal Collection Toothbrush - White Coral SuperSmile's Crystal Collection Toothbrush, designed by Rubin Singer, satisfies the highest standards of beauty and performance. Effectively cleans under the gum line and polishes and whitens the teeth at the same time. The Supersmile® Crystal Collection features a slim, lengthened Lucite handle, ergonomically shaped with a series of indentations to guide hand-positioning to the ADA-recommended 45° brushing angle, as well as 5 tufted rows of soft, rounded nylon bristles. These elements of unique and improved design yield the softest, most thorough brushing experience yet. Gently massaging the gums and cleaning teeth, the Collection reaches delicately beneath the gum-line (the sulcus) where plaque accumulates and causes decay. A flat bottom also enables each brush to stand upright for hygienic drying. "

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